Reza's news interview with the media after the news coverage on the Fox TV websites.
Interview with Fierce Iranian Martial Artist Reza ‘Persian Leopard’ Goodary
Mohammadreza Goodary, (Reza Goodary for short) who is known by the moniker ‘Persian Leopard’ is an Iranian martial artist who has accomplished incredibly impressive feats across a range marital arts styles, competing in arenas around the world, and he is the first Iranian who’s got international titles in Karate, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu.
Reza has faced a lot of adversity from a young age, and like all good fighters, turned his frustration into fuel to strengthen his resolve to become the success he is today.
Reza answered a few questions so you can get to know a little more about him.
Hi Reza, can you tell us a bit about your early life and how you started in martial arts?
My full name is “Mohammadreza Goodary”, but I go by ‘Reza’ most of the time. Growing up in Tehran, I had a lot of energy and this actually caused my parents to become concerned about my health, but I was given an outlet to express my energy when I was 7 and got to attend the Iran Judo House in Kabkanian Stadium. My father was a Judo master, so it was a natural place for me to begin with martial arts.
How did you expand into other forms of martial arts?
While I enjoyed Judo, it was not enough for me and my father sent me onwards to Fadak Sport Club where I was trained in Kung-Fu under master Seyed Mahdi Hosseini. During this time, I also learnt about the ethics of martial arts and its psychological benefits as well as its physical benefits. After that, I moved on to Enshin Karate where I placed in my first competitions, before transitioning to Shinden Kai Karate which was founded by Kancho Hamid Soltani.
From then, I also went to learn Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I’m proud and lucky because my Jiujitsu currently coach is Professor De’Alonzio Jackson who happens to be an x8 times BJJ world champion who is a master teacher.
How many fights have you been in and what are your future goals?
I have been in 299 professional fights, and over that period have become the first Iranian to win international championships in Brazilian Jiujitsu, Karate and Muay Thai.
I want to increase my total number of fights even more and utilise all that I have learned to begin with MMA competitions and earn a championship belt.
In your opinion, what are the benefits that martial arts can bring to people?
Martial arts is not just about winning contests or self-defence, more than anything, it is a way to channel your energy and frustrations in an environment where kicking and screaming is tolerated, rather than in a stressful workplace or wherever else you happen to be. I think if more people found time to explore martial arts and give it a chance, they would fall in love with it.
Do you have any tips for someone who wants to start competitive martial arts?
Understand that you will face a lot of challenges that go beyond simply your ability to fight and win bouts – you need to have a lot of discipline and self-motivation in order to convince people you are worth it. Don’t give up hope when you get knocked back, always use your disappointment to train harder and become stronger.
An insightful interview with Iranian martial artist Reza Goodary
The ‘Persian Leopard’ is the fighting name for Mohammadeza Goodary, who known as ‘Reza’ for short. He is an established Iranian martial artist who has a successful career in Karate, competing in the martial arts Olympic tournament in 2016 and 2019, and he is the first Iranian fighter to have international titles in Brazilian Jujitsu, Karate and Muay Thai.
Reza is now moving into the world of MMA and has recently begun his training for MMA, attending the Fairtex Training Center located in Thailand.
Reza answered some questions about his past career and future goals.
Reza, how did you get the moniker the ‘Persian Leopard’?
It is simply a nickname that other martial artists and my fans know me by due to the fact that I come from Iran (known in ancient times as Persia) and that the ‘Leopard’ is the symbolic animal of Iran.
What martial arts do you know?
I started with Judo, then learnt Kung Fu, Karate, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujutsu. I am the first Iranian who’s achieved international titles in Karate, Muaythai and Brazilian Jiujitsu.
What is your preferred martial discipline you have learnt?
I want to compete in MMA because of the larger crowds and opportunities to fight many varied opponents. However, my experience is with Karate where I had most of my success and got to compete in the martial arts Olympic twice.
I fight in many styles of Karate, but I don’t change my basic Karate style. I have focused on competition in Shinden Kai Karate & Shorin Kempo.
I started Karate with Kancho Hamid Soltani who’s the Karate grandmaster in Iran and the Middle East.
What do you want to achieve in MMA?
I want to win a championship title and bring more recognition to Iranian martial artists, inspiring others to follow in my footsteps.
What do you think is unique about you as a fighter?
While it isn’t obvious on the surface, I have a deep ethical foundation behind all of my martial arts and want people to know that respect for my opponents is paramount.
What are the positive psychological aspects of marital arts that you think people can benefit from?
I think for anyone struggling with issues of self-confidence, martial arts is a great way to overcome fears and exert yourself in a safe, judgement-free environment. You will also make a lot of good friends during your journey, and there are few things better for you health than good friends.
Iranian martial artist Reza Goodary discusses his love of the sport
Mohammadreza Goodary (likes to be known as ‘Reza Goodary’ for short) is an Iranian martial artist who has gone from strength to strength and earned the moniker ‘Persian Leopard’ in the circles he competes in and is the first martial artist from Iran to win international titles in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujutsu and Karate.
Having won 2 martial arts Olympic medals and gained a reputation for his tenacity, Reza is an inspiring figure for those who anyone who has struggled for recognition against adversity in any competitive sport, and he has started training to hopefully compete in the MMA at the famous Fairtex Training Center in Thailand.
Reza spent some time to answer a few questions about his early life and career.
Greetings Reza, can you give us a little background info in your own words?
I was born in Tehran in 1988. My parents were concerned about my high levels of energy, but doctors said this was natural, and they got the idea to introduce me to marital arts at the age of 7 learning Judo.
How did you expand from Judo to learn other martial arts?
I went from Judo to Kung Fu pretty quickly, but found that Kung Fu did not have many local tournaments for me to compete in. Karate and its various styles is where I spent the bulk of my experience in competition before also learning Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu.
With all of these martial arts skills, it was only natural for me to experiment with MMA and I am now trying to pursue a career in it.
What is the hardest part about training and competition?
I don’t find any parts especially difficult like I did in the beginning. When you start out with any athletic activity that you need to improve at, you only get out what you put in and in order to exert yourself to the limit constantly you need to have a good mindset. I suppose the hardest part is staying in a positive headspace so that I am motivated to keep training, but that is why I surround myself with friends and loved ones to give me support to motivate me to go further.
In terms of competition, there are some decisions and rules that you can interpret as unfair and this can make you indignant. The important thing is to not give up, and to not become bitter towards other athletes who are trying their best as well.
What do you love about martial arts compared to other sports?
I love martial arts because it has a strong ethical component to it that goes beyond simply training to be a better athlete – it is training to be a better human as well. There is a lot of philosophy behind martial arts that is worth studying and can really improve your outlook on life, even if you don’t aspire to win competitions.
How do you get prepared for a match?
I do all the basics, make sure I have eaten well and gotten a good rest – you can’t overprepare. Performing well comes from training and a good mindset, there is no trick or special ritual you can perform before a match to bring you luck – if you need that then it means you aren’t confident in your own abilities.
Of all the martial arts you have learned, what is your favourite?
I love Karate would be the one that I have spent the most time with professionally and have made the most friends through, and the badges I have fought for are Shinden Kai Karate & Shorin Kempo.
An interview with the ‘Persian Leopard’, martial artist Reza Goodary
Mohammadreza Goodary, or ‘Reza Goodary’, has had a successful career fighting in martial arts tournaments, such as winning bronze in the martial arts Olympic in 2016 and 2019. Reza has accomplished a lot and has shown no signs of wanting to slow down his progress, striving for greater and greater achievements and to eventually fight in the MMA (mixed martial arts), and he is learning MMA training at the Fairtex Training Center, which is in Thailand.
He is also the first Iranian to hold international titles for Karate, Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai.
Reza was able to answer some questions for readers to know more about him.
How did you begin with martial arts?
I started learning Judo when I was only 7. I then started Kung Fu, but found it was limited in terms of opportunities to compete.
My career really took off with Karate, where I have had my biggest accomplishments in the martial arts Olympic tournaments. After than I learnt Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai.
What kind of lessons have you learnt over the years with martial arts?
I think the biggest lesson I learnt is to always be humble in defeat and to always listen to the advice of others, even if you ultimately find that advice ineffective for you. You should try to listen to as many perspectives as possible so you can find what works for you and become a better martial artist.
What goals do you have for a potential MMA career?
I want to be the most successful Iranian fighter and win a championship belt. I believe this would do a lot for my home country and inspire others to compete as well.
What is the most difficult part of training or preparing for you?
The most difficult part is making sure I stay on track with diet and exercise and not get distracted. Consistent training is essential, and you can’t stray from your plan if you want to succeed.
What lessons would you want young martial artists to learn before they try to compete?
Like I said earlier, to be humble in defeat and gracious in victory. Nobody likes someone who brags too much and acts bitterly when they lose. Also, I encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and mindset before they try to compete.
Reza Goodary, know as the ‘Persian Leopard’ eagealy discusses his martial arts career
Mohammadreza Goodary (also called Reza Goodary) has a storied martial arts career behind him and was exposed to the sport at the young age of 7. Since then Reza has competed in hundreds of matches in several different disciplines and became the first fighter from Iran who’s gotten international titles for the martial arts of Karate, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu.
Reza kindly answered some questions for us so you can learn a little bit more about him.
Hi Reza, or should we call you the ‘Persian Leopard’ in this interview?
Reza is fine, ‘Persian Leopard’ is a combination of ‘Persia’ the ancient name for the country of Iran, and the ‘Leopard’ is the symbolic animal for Iran.
How did you start martial arts and why is it important to you?
Well, the age of 7, I was introduced to Judo as an outlet for my energy as a child. I later moved on to Kung Fu, but really made a name for myself in the Karate world before expanding into Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai, giving me the skillset, I can try to use in MMA (mixed martial arts).
What made you want to move from Karate competitions to MMA?
MMA is a natural progression for my when I thought about how I could use all my experience in other martial art disciplines. Obviously, MMA has mainstream appeal on television and on the internet, so there is a lot more exposure and opportunities to fight various opponents.
I have started MMA training at Fairtex Training Center Thailand. My hope is to get signed up to compete professionally in MMA.
What was your experience like competing at the martial arts Olympic touranments in 2016 and 2019?
It was an awesome experience. Being around so many of the world’s best martial arts fighters was really inspiring and daunting at the same time, it definitely gave me a bigger perspective on the world of martial arts.
Soke Keyvan Dehnad who’s first Iranian 8th Dan and Famous Olympic referee helped to manage and coach me a lot at the 2016-2019 Mastership Martial arts championships in South Korea.
What should people prepare for when thinking about competing in martial arts?
Make sure that you have the right mindset before you start. Having a hunger for victory is good in any sport, but make sure it doesn’t turn into ego, as it will make you bitter when you lose (and you will lose fights).
Make sure you master the ethics of martial arts as well as the physical skill component at the same time.
The ‘Persian Leopard’ Reza Goodary talks about his martial arts career and future goals
The ‘Persian Leopard’ Mohammadreza Goodary (called ‘Reza’ for short) is a martial artist who has his sights set on greatness. Born in Iran, Reza was exposed to martial arts from a young age and has never stopped since, with his hopes set on signing up for MMA (mixed martial arts) and has started MMA training at Fairtex Training Center in Thailand.
Reza is also the first Iranian with international titles in Karate, Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai.
Reza was able to take some time to answer a few questions so readers can know more about him.
Hello Reza, at what age did you start with martial arts?
Hi. I started martial arts at the age of 7 with my father who was a Judo master in Iran. I went on to expand into Kung Fu, Muay Thai, and Jiujitsu to round out my skills. I’m quite proud and consider myself very lucky because my Jiujitsu coach is Professor De’Alonzio Jackson – he is a x8 times Brazilian Jiujitsu world champion and a great mentor to me.
What are your biggest accomplishments in martial arts?
My biggest achievements so far are winning bronze medals at both 2016 and 2019 World Martial Arts Mastership, which is the martial arts tournament at the Olympic games.
What are the future goals you want to achieve in martial arts?
I want to win a championship title using all of the martial arts skills I have learned over my life.
What are the other benefits of martial arts for you in your life other than a career?
Martial arts in general is a great way to vent stress and anxiety in a productive and supportive environment. Also, you meet lots of amazing people along the way and make lifelong friends through your shared love of sport.
Do you think martial arts is a good sport for young kids to try?
Yes. Parents should not be afraid that marital arts encourages violence – it does the exact opposite and teaches how to control and focus angry feelings. While it is not for everyone, I think parents who have children with a lot of energy should try martial arts as an outlet for them, as my parents did when I was young.
Do you have any tips for young martial artists out there?
Be patient and use the time waiting for opportunities to practise and become an even better athlete. Marital arts is not a sport for those with a big ego, as people will notice this from you – be honest and kind and focus on be an ethical athlete rather than trying to dominate others. Give everyone a chance to be their best, including yourself.